By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor
Not only was Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway a typical NASCAR Xfinity Series event, the race would also set the field of four drivers eligible for the $100,000 Dash4Cash bonus next weekend at Bristol.
When all was said and done, the four drivers that punched their ticket toward a possible payday on the high banked half-mile were Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, and Ryan Preece, giving all three manufacturers a shot at the prize that awaits at the end of the day.
“It’s going to be pretty cool,” said Preece. “Bristol is a short track. Daniel (Hemric) and I, we’re – he’s from Late Models. I actually raced Daniel in Modifieds growing up quite a while ago, so we’re kind of from the same whole deal on the East Coast and then you got (Christopher) Bell who’s a midget driver from out West and then you’ve got Cole (Custer) who’s K&N and all that. We’re all from the short tracks and now we’re just going to be brought into the Xfinity Series and go race at Bristol.”
Of the four drivers eligible, only Hemric has been able to participate in the program in the past, though they are all going for their first Dash4Cash win and the payday that comes with it.
“As young as we are, we get to run for 100 grand,” Hemric said. “There’s not a lot of people that can say that. Having the opportunity to taste that last year and experience that was really something that we definitely enjoyed and hopefully we can do it again next week.”
In addition, they won’t have to deal with Cup Series drivers crashing the party as Cup drivers aren’t allowed to run in Dash4Cash races. So, how will the four drivers race each other now that they are facing off head-to-head next weekend?
“I think if you take all four of us out to any rental go-kart track, we’re going to run just as hard as we would for a Cup win,” Bell said. “We’re race car drivers. It doesn’t really matter what we’re racing for, we’re going to go give it our all no matter what.”
“I think we all race with respect, but it’s $100,000,” Preece added. “I know what I would do with it and I’m not sure what everyone else would, but it would sure help.”
The Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 will get the green at 1:00 pm ET next Saturday and one of these four drivers will end the day $100,000 richer.